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CHICAGO, Sep 06, 2005 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- Tuesday is "Fight Procrastination Day," and experts urged the 15 percent of the population who suffer from it to address and rectify it -- on Tuesday.

There is no gene that predisposes people to procrastination, said Joseph Ferrari, of the DePaul University psychology department in Chicago. It is found just as much in men and women, the young and the old, and in all cultures worldwide.

Procrastination expert Timothy Pychyl, of Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, told the Boulder (Colo.) Daily Camera not only do chronic procrastinators typically suffer from stomachaches and headaches, Pychyl said, they put off going to the doctor.

"It's a really complex thing," he said.

Among the tips offers to battle procrastination is the advice to make a list of steps needed to reach your goal, then tackle one task at a time until you've finished the list.

Copyright 2005 by United Press International.

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